Thanks DEcosse, winter is coming fast. I will soon be taking the rear tire off to see if my cush rubbers are hardened then I'll go from there.
I'm rather excited as I just located an S3 top triple clamp and bar risers on ebay which will be delivered today. That means I'll actually be able to ride the bike next summer and enjoy it. And for the record, after all the torture- I NEVER TALKED
I also ordered a used starter relay to get rid of my pesky starting problem.